So, we’re all synaesthetes to some extent? The chip experiment and the liquid temperature experiment could just be associations based on experience, but the bitter/sweet experiment suggests it’s more than that.
Lately I’ve been using a “rainy day” noise generator to mask out distracting sounds.
It has the added benefit of masking the smell of my stinky dog when he barges into the studio after playing in the yard. It’s not a subtle effect. It’s immediate and useful and I can’t figure out why it works.
My guess is that the sensorics pipeline has limited bandwidth. If you take some with sound, less remains for taste and other senses. In noisy places (airplanes, space stations…) you have to use spicier food as what’s good on the ground would taste bland in such conditions.
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